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 for Christian name
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Name \Name\ (n[=a]m), n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG.
     namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn,
     Goth. nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere,
     gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. 'o`mona, Scr. n[=a]man.
     [root]267. Cf. Anonymous, Ignominy, Misnomer,
     Nominal, Noun.]
     1. The title by which any person or thing is known or
        designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of
        an individual or a class.
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              Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that
              was the name thereof.                 --Gen. ii. 19.
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              What's in a name? That which we call a rose
              By any other name would smell as sweet. --Shak.
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     2. A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person
        or thing, on account of a character or acts.
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              His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
              mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
              Peace.                                --Is. ix. 6.
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     3. Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation;
        fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable
        estimation; distinction.
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              What men of name resort to him?       --Shak.
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              Far above . . . every name that is named, not only
              in this world, but also in that which is to come.
                                                    --Eph. i. 21.
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              I will get me a name and honor in the kingdom. --1
                                                    Macc. iii. 14.
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              He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin.
                                                    --Deut. xxii.
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              The king's army . . . had left no good name behind.
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     4. Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
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              The ministers of the republic, mortal enemies of his
              name, came every day to pay their feigned
              civilities.                           --Motley.
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     5. A person, an individual. [Poetic]
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              They list with women each degenerate name. --Dryden.
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     Christian name.
        (a) The name a person receives at baptism, as
            distinguished from surname; baptismal name; in
            western countries, it is also called a first name.
        (b) A given name, whether received at baptism or not.
     Given name. See under Given.
     In name, in profession, or by title only; not in reality;
        as, a friend in name.
     In the name of.
        (a) In behalf of; by the authority of. " I charge you in
            the duke's name to obey me."            --Shak.
        (b) In the represented or assumed character of. "I'll to
            him again in name of Brook."            --Shak.
     Name plate, a plate as of metal, glass, etc., having a name
        upon it, as a sign; a doorplate.
     Pen name, a name assumed by an author; a pseudonym or nom
        de plume. --Bayard Taylor.
     Proper name (Gram.), a name applied to a particular person,
        place, or thing.
     To call names, to apply opprobrious epithets to; to call by
        reproachful appellations.
     To take a name in vain, to use a name lightly or profanely;
        to use a name in making flippant or dishonest oaths. --Ex.
        xx. 7.
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     Syn: Appellation; title; designation; cognomen; denomination;
     Usage: Name, Appellation, Title, Denomination. Name
            is generic, denoting that combination of sounds or
            letters by which a person or thing is known and
            distinguished. Appellation, although sometimes put for
            name simply, denotes, more properly, a descriptive
            term (called also agnomen or cognomen), used by
            way of marking some individual peculiarity or
            characteristic; as, Charles the Bold, Philip the
            Stammerer. A title is a term employed to point out
            one's rank, office, etc.; as, the Duke of Bedford,
            Paul the Apostle, etc. Denomination is to particular
            bodies what appellation is to individuals; thus, the
            church of Christ is divided into different
            denominations, as Congregationalists, Episcopalians,
            Presbyterians, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Christian \Chris"tian\, a.
     1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian
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     3. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian
        court. --Blackstone.
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     4. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind;
        kindly; gentle; beneficent.
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              The graceful tact; the Christian art. --Tennyson.
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     Christian Commission. See under Commission.
     Christian court. Same as Ecclesiastical court.
     Christian Endeavor, Young People's Society of. In various
        Protestant churches, a society of young people organized
        in each individual church to do Christian work; also, the
        whole body of such organizations, which are united in a
        corporation called the United Society of Christian
        Endeavor, organized in 1885. The parent society was
        founded in 1881 at Portland, Maine, by Rev. Francis E.
        Clark, a Congregational minister. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Christian era, the present era, commencing with the birth
        of Christ. It is supposed that owing to an error of a monk
        (Dionysius Exiguus, d. about 556) employed to calculate
        the era, its commencement was fixed three or four years
        too late, so that 1890 should be 1893 or 1894.
     Christian name, the name given in baptism, as distinct from
        the family name, or surname.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Christian name
      n 1: the first name given to Christians at birth or christening
           [syn: Christian name, baptismal name]

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